Maritime Monday for September 25th, 2017: Oxford Bags

US Coast Guard Northeast – firefighting and abandon ship exercise, Photo by BMC Chasteen, US Coast Guard Cutter Tackle – see also
The Weather Channel

1938 New England Hurricane 78th Anniversary; September 21, 1938 – On September 21, 1938, one of the most destructive and powerful hurricanes in recorded history struck Long Island and Southern New England. The storm developed near the Cape Verde Islands on September 9, tracking across the Atlantic and up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm hit Long Island and Southern Connecticut on September 21, moving at a forward speed of 47 mph! Sustained hurricane force winds were felt across central and eastern Long Island and southeastern Connecticut. The hurricane produced a destructive storm surge flooding coastal communities as well as producing three to seven inches of rainfall.

The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 on NOAA/National Weather Service

This aerial view shows the destruction of boats and pier sheds by a hurricane at New London, Conn., Sept. 22, 1938. The hurricane swept the North Atlantic seaboard Sept. 21, leaving damages estimated at $4,000,000. (AP Photo) – 45 min audio on Vermont Public Radio

The Great Hurricane of 1938 in Photos on The Weather Channel

1938 storm “The Long Island Express” pounded the Eastern Seaboard on New York Daily News

Erie Canal Museum on I Love NY

It’s the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal in New York this year, and what better way for the Erie Canal Museum to honor it than with an exhibit focusing on a little-known part of canal history: the lives of the women impacted by its presence. The exhibit will show photos and stories of women who worked or traveled on the canal

Erie Canal Museum—Hidden Perspectives: Women’s Lives on the Erie Canal
(Syracuse, NY; September 20, 2017 – November 5, 2017) 12 Must-See Fall Exhibits Around the World on Smithsonian

Weighlock Building (constructed in 1850) Erie Boulevard East & Montgomery Street, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY — VIEW FROM ACROSS CANAL, SHOWING NORTH FACADE AND WEST END — ca. 1903

Celebrating and preserving the life of the last remaining Weighlock Building in America, the Erie Canal Museum is a Greek revival building, standing as a monument to the importance of the Erie Canal. Home to several ghosts, including a group of see-through children who play in the courtyard, a woman who was killed where the model canal boat now sits. Watch a video from when the Haunted History Trail of New York State visited the Erie Canal Museum.

Syracuse, N.Y. Erie Canal – approx. 1910 – Images of the Erie Canal in Syracuse
Happy 200th Birthday, Erie Canal – This investment in infrastructure transformed a nation
Pictures of Beaver Island on Expedia
1856 daguerreotype of James Strang, taken on Beaver Island by J. Atkyn, itinerant photographer who later became one of Strang’s assassins

In July of 1850, on the twentieth birthday of his secret second wife, James Strang crowned himself King of Beaver Island, a small island in Lake Michigan.

Strang led a sect of Mormons who had broken from the church after the death of Mormon founder Joseph Smith in 1844.

In an elaborate ceremony, Strang marched into a log tabernacle wearing a crown and flowing red robe. The self-proclaimed king would later champion polygamy, piracy, and treason against the United States government.

In 1855, a headline in the New York Times railed against the “wholesale robbery by pirates on Lake Michigan.” A “gang of marauders, who are reported to be Mormons from Beaver Island,” were burning sawmills and robbing stores along the shores of the Great Lakes.

These were no ordinary pirates: they had “a boldness, coolness and desperation rarely equaled in the records of highwaymen.

The Insane Story of the Pirate Who Hijacked the Mormon Church and Became King of Beaver Island (Lake Michigan)

Beaver Islanders Get Their Clever On – The 2008 Winter Gas Run
The Guardian: Two Buddhists who released £5,000 worth of crustaceans into the English Channel as part of a religious ceremony have been fined almost £15,000 for causing “untold damage” to the environment. Only 323 crustaceans have been recovered by local fishermen, and the most recent American lobsters hauled were found to have been carrying “viable eggs”, showing they had been breeding. – photo (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Two Buddhists fined £15,000 for releasing crustaceans into sea

The irony here is that the Buddhists, by acting on their pro-animal rights position, may be guilty of killing off countless sea creatures through their actions. They better hope their beliefs are wrong, since karma is going to kick them in the ass for this one.  –Patheos

Divers Describe the Creepiest Thing They’ve Seen Underwater
‘Why are Oxford Trousers like two French towns?’ ‘Because they are Toulon and Toulouse’. The Oxford Crew of 1931

Oxford Bags, the Ridiculously Wide-Legged Trousers of the 1920s

Oxford bags: when men wore skirt pants on beSpoke
Buffalo, New York, circa 1900. “Buffalo River and elevators, foot of Main Street.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size on SHORPY
East River Docks, New York, Circa 1900; Steam Tugboat H. B. Moore Jr. in the foreground. Built in 1896, by A.C. Brown and Son of Tottenville, New York as the H.B. Moore Jr. for Sivert J. Kron of New York, New York. The tug was later acquired by the Canal-Lakes Towing Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Calatco No. 4. In 1947, she was acquired by the McAllister Brothers Towing Company of New York, New York. Where the tug was renamed as the Dorothy McAllister. In 1958, the tug went out of documentation. Her current and or final disposition is unknown. (Source: steamboats.com) click image to see full size
Welcome to The Grapes, a narrow riverside pub that’s stood on the pebbled banks of the Thames in London’s Docklands area for nearly 500 years. And guess who owns it today: none other than Lord of the Rings’ wizard himself– Gandalf, a.k.a, Sir Ian Mckellen. Oh, and on Monday nights, when he’s not off making Hollywood movies, Sir Ian usually hosts the pub’s quiz night.

Gandaldf’s London Pub that Launched a Thousand Ships

Frank Reade Dime-Novels: Discovering a forgotten superhero of American sci-fi history – The author was in fact Luis Senarens, a Brooklynite of Cuban descent who began writing for the series at the age of just sixteen. When he was seventeen, he received a letter of praise from Jules Verne himself. The two would spend the rest of their careers stealing ideas from each other. It was only Verne, however, who would become a titan of science fiction.

Of course, it didn’t help that Senarens’ stories were only published in dime-novels, a form of popular fiction typically blamed for the criminal behaviour of young men in the same way that video games are blamed today.

This painting, originally entitled The Twenty-fifth of December, 1860, On the Thames, records a particular moment during a bitterly cold winter, when the Thames was frozen for more than fourteen weeks.

The Thames in Ice (ca. 1860) James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903) Freer|Sackler Gallery; Washington, DC.

“To me the simple act of tying a knot is an adventure in unlimited space … limited only by the scope of our own imagery and the length of the ropemaker’s coil.” —Clifford W. Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots

Thou Shalt Knot: Clifford W. Ashley,” a New Bedford Whaling Museum exhibition running through June 2018 that explores the work of master knot-tyer, maritime artist, historian and author Clifford W. Ashley (1881-1947).

Deck of Ship in Moonlight; 1876 watercolor from a scrapbook kept by John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
The Notorious American Gangster Al Capone fishing while on vacation in South Florida, 1931 – Pictures in History

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